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July 31, 1948

FRACTURES OF THE HIP: Results Following Treatment

Author Affiliations

Memphis. Tenn.

From the Campbell Clinic.

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1196-1199. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890480016005

Fractures about the hip joint may be seen in children and young adults but- are injuries usually involving the aged. Approximately 80 per cent of these fractures occur in patients over 60 years of age. The fractures can be divided into two general classes—those involving the trochanteric region and those involving the neck of the femur. Both groups may be further divided into subclasses. These two types of fractures have several common characteristics. Each occurs in elderly persons, and both are more common in women (80 to 85 per cent) than in men. This is probably due to fact that women have a slightly wider pelvis with a tendency to coxa vara; they are usually less active and more prone to senile osteoporosis, and the life expectancy of a woman aged 60 is five years greater than that of a man.

Although the fractures are similar in some respects, they